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Junior Cycle

Information for Parents

Part 1

For the Presenter

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The purpose of this PowerPoint Presentation is to provide schools with a comprehensive number of slides that will support them in informing parents about Junior Cycle reform. It is an overview with the key areas highlighted on Slide 4.

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Overview

  • Our students

2. Structure of the Junior Cycle

3. Subjects, Short Courses, Wellbeing and Other Areas of Learning

4. Assessment and Reporting

5. Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)

Our Students

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Connecting primary and secondary

A purposeful second year

Settling in and making progress in first year

Ongoing assessment to support learning

Literacy and numeracy for learning and life

What is the purpose of education in Junior Cycle?

  • Help students become better learners and develop a love of learning

  • Provide a solid foundation for further study

  • To develop skills for learning and life

  • To support learning through improved reporting to both students and parents

What will students experience in Junior Cycle?

The Principles of Junior Cycle Education

Learning to Learn

Choice and Flexibility

Quality

Creativity and Innovation

Engagement and Participation

Continuity and Development

Inclusive Education

Wellbeing

Structure of the Junior Cycle

8 Principles

24 Statements of Learning

Subjects

Short Courses

Other Areas of Learning

Level 2 Learning Programmes

8 Key Skills

Assessment and Reporting

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Wellbeing

Your child in First-year

Sept 2018

Sept 2017

English

Science

Business Studies

Irish

Art, Craft & Design

Modern Languages

Maths

History
Geography
Music
Home Economics

Wellbeing

English

Science

Business Studies

Irish

Art, Craft & Design

Modern Languages

Wellbeing

English

Science

Business Studies

Sept 2016

Furthermore:

  • Other Areas of Learning will also be reported on

  • Schools can offer the Level 2 Learning Programme
  • Schools can offer Short Courses

Sept 2019

All subjects from 2018 plus

Materials Technology Wood

Metalwork

Technology

Technical Graphics

Religious Education

Jewish Studies

Classics

Wellbeing

Flexible programme for student learning

Balance between knowledge and skills

Dual approach to assessment

Reporting a broader picture of learning

Student wellbeing is central to the Framework

Supporting continuity and learning - building on primary school

Key Messages of

Framework for Junior Cycle 2015

What stays the same?

  • Students experience a broad and balanced curriculum

  • Standards and expectations remain high

  • Subjects continue to play an important role in the Junior Cycle

  • The Department of Education and Skills will monitor quality across all schools

  • The State Examinations Commission will continue to be involved in assessment for certification

What is improving?

  • A better and a more engaging learning experience for your child

  • Updated subject specifications

  • Quality reporting back to parents and students

  • Assessment to support learning

  • An emphasis on Key Skills and preparation for life

  • A sound preparation for learning at Senior Cycle and beyond

History

Geography

Jewish Studies

24 Statements

of Learning

Key Skills

Subjects

Mathematics

Science

Home Economics

Business Studies

Technical Graphics

Materials Technology Wood

Technology

Metalwork

English

German

Irish

Spanish

French

Italian

Music

Art, Craft and Design

Classics

Religious Education

A Personal Project: Caring for Animals

Exploring Forensic Science

Enterprise in Animation

Chinese Language and Culture

Artistic Performance

Coding

Philosophy

Digital Media Literacy

Civic, Social & Political Education

Social Personal Health Education

Physical Education

Short Courses

Level 3

Level 2

Wellbeing

300 & moving to 400 hours over 3 years

  • Physical Education

  • Social, Personal and Health Education (including Relationship and Sexuality Education)

  • Civic, Social and Political Education

  • Guidance

Why does wellbeing matter?

Student wellbeing is present when the students realise their abilities, take care of their physical wellbeing, can cope with the normal stresses of life, and have a sense of purpose and belonging to a wider community.

Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines (2017)

Building a shared understanding of wellbeing

It is important that the whole school community builds and shares a common understanding of wellbeing, especially of what we mean when we talk about student wellbeing

Wellbeing for All

Wellbeing Guidelines p.15

Who are L2LPs designed for?

The special needs of this child is such as to prevent him from accessing some or all of the subjects and short courses on offer at junior cycle.

A Framework for Junior Cycle, 2015

Learners with a low mild to high moderate learning disability

What are Level 2 Learning Programmes?

  • There are 5 Priority Learning Units (PLUs)

  • Each PLU focuses on developing the social, personal and pre-vocational skills that prepare students for further study, for work and for life

Living in the Community

Personal Care

Preparing for Work

Numeracy

Communication and Literacy

Plus 2 Short Courses

Co-curricular activities

Sports

Citizenship

Student Council

Spirituality

Ethics

Visiting Speakers

Debating

24 Statements

of Learning

Key Skills

Other Areas of Learning

Guidance and Counselling

Pastoral Care

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